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Dr. James Delle to Present Annual Chambliss Faculty Research Awards Lecture

March 25, 2014

KUTZTOWN, Pa. - Kutztown University professor and chair of the Department of Anthropology and Sociology, Dr. James Delle, will deliver the spring 2014 Chambliss Faculty Research Awards lecture at 4:30 p.m., on Monday, March 31 in the Boehm Science Center room 145. This lecture is free and open to the public.

For more than 300 years the social and economic realities of the region we call the Caribbean were defined by plantation slavery. Now largely abandoned, the ruins of sugar, coffee, indigo and cotton plantations cover the landscapes of the islands.  

Delle's lecture explores the material complexities of the plantation system, as interpreted from archaeological investigations of plantations in Jamaica.

A nationally and internationally recognized researcher and scholar committed to the study of Caribbean archeology, Delle has one book in print and two books in press on Caribbean archeology, with two additional books under contract.

He began his research on Marshall's Pen more than a decade ago. In the 19th century, the well-preserved estate, located on the Manchester plateau of Jamaica, was a site where slaves grew and harvested coffee, lumber and other products for export to Europe.

Since coming to Kutztown, Delle has written or co-authored 14 articles on a wide array of topics, including archeology in Maxatawny Township, historical archeology in Lancaster, the underground railroad in the United States and women's lives and labor on a Jamaican coffee plantation.

For more information about this event, please contact Sharon Reed at sreed@kutztown.edu.